How to toast quinoa flour to remove the bitter taste. This trick will show you two different ways to toast quinoa flour at home and recipes to try with it!
If you’ve read even just a few of the baked good recipes here on Simply Quinoa, then you know that I love using toasted quinoa flour. Toasted quinoa flour has a wonderful nutty quality to it, which really enhances the flavor of recipes.
There are two main methods for toasting quinoa flour at home and today I'm going to talk through them both. I'm going to show you how to toast quinoa the “traditional” way and then also how to do it the speedy way. Both ways are effective!
Do You Need to Toast Quinoa Flour?
You definitely don't need to toast quinoa flour, but if you find it to have an off-putting flavor then it's something to consider. With the recipes on the site, you can always opt to use untreated quinoa flour, as the texture remains the same, but the taste of the finished dish will vary slightly.
Benefit of Toasting Quinoa Flour
The main reason why I choose to toast my quinoa flour is for taste.
Quinoa flour has a very bold flavor, almost grass-like and a little bitter, that sometimes can overpower a recipe. I have found that with a gentle toast, the flavors balance out and helps make quinoa flour even more versatile.
And the best part? Toasting quinoa flour is really easy!
How to Toast Quinoa Flour (Traditional)
This is my preferred method for toasting quinoa flour because of the consistency in flavor. While it does take a little bit of extra time, it’s worth it. I recommend making a big batch and storing for later use.
How to Toast Quinoa Flour (Traditional Method)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Pour quinoa flour onto a baking sheet, spread to form a thin, uniform layer.
- Bake on the center rack for 1 hour, mixing flour around every 20 minutes to prevent burning. Check after one hour and keep cooking for 20-minute intervals until the quinoa flour is golden brown.
- Cool completely before using or storing.
How to Toast Quinoa Flour (Quick)
Sometimes you’re craving some pancakes and you just don’t have time to wait to toast your quinoa flour in the oven – I totally get that! For those of us who are short on time, here’s a quick way to toast quinoa flour on the fly. I will say, I don’t find the flavor to be quite as good with this method. It’s still delicious, but the oven method has a softer more balanced flavor.
How to Toast Quinoa Flour (Quick Way)
- ½ cup quinoa flour
- Heat dry skillet over low heat.
- Add quinoa flour and toss until toasted, 5 - 10 minutes.
- As quinoa flour begins to toast, toss around fairly frequently to avoid burning.
- Cool completely before using.
How to Store Quinoa Flour
Many people believe that quinoa flour should be stored in the fridge or freezer as it tends to go rancid. I haven’t found that to be the case in all my years of cooking with it, but it all depends on the climate that you live in. I like to store my quinoa flour in a cool dry place, usually in a lower cabinet in my kitchen, or a pantry. Lower cabinets tend to be cooler since the heat in your kitchen will rise.
If you are new to cooking with quinoa flour, I recommend trying the storage method above, but make sure to smell the flour before using it to see if it has gone rancid. If you find that your quinoa flour is spoiling in your cabinet, store it in the fridge or freezer. When stored in the fridge or freezer, make sure to allow the flour to come to room temperature before baking with it!
How to Use Quinoa Flour:
Toasted quinoa flour can be used any time that you use quinoa flour, so if you want a full, in-depth look, I have a post all about how to use quinoa flour. That post includes tons of recipes and ideas, but here are some of my favorite ways to use it:
- High-Protein Quinoa Bread
- Banana Bread Muffins
- Vegan “Peanut Butter” Quinoa Chocolate Cake
- Banana Quinoa Waffles
- Pumpkin & Spinach Flatbreads with Goat Cheese
Do You Like Quinoa Flour?
I'd love to know your thoughts! It can be a somewhat polarizing ingredient because of the flavor, so I really think you should try toasting it next time you bake!